changes at cloud 10
Creative Houston ice cream shop closes Upper Kirby location and scoops up new Museum District spot
Acclaimed Houston ice cream shop Cloud 10 Creamery is mixing things up. The company’s Shepherd location will close December 30 as part of a plan to relocate to the Parc Binz mixed-use development in the Museum District in late 2023.
Led by pastry chef Chris Leung, Cloud 10 currently operates ice cream shops in Midtown, the Heights, and Katy. Each ice cream flavor features a different base, and chef Leung makes any mix-ins in house. Its roster of 20 year round flavors and seasonal specials includes Cafe Sua Da, Nutella with Marshmallows, Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip, and Brown Sugar Cookies & Cream.
Opened in May 2019, Cloud 10 initially intended the Shepherd Drive location as a replacement for its original home in Rice Village, but sales have suffered from the ongoing street construction in the area, Cloud 10 partner Christopher Balat tells CultureMap. The opportunity to move to the Museum District should be beneficial, particularly given the building’s proximity to the Children’s Museum, Houston Zoo, and other family-friendly attractions.
“We feel like there was a lack of dessert options in the area,” Balat says.
In his role as a real estate developer, Balat is currently building Parc Binz II across the street from the original Parc Binz building at 1800 Binz. Like its sibling, the new building will have retail tenants on the ground floor with offices above. Plans call for the possibility of a rooftop restaurant as well.
The current Cloud 10 location at 3502 S. Shepherd Dr. will become a coffee shop that has existing locations in Houston and Dallas, Balat adds. Although he declined to name the specific company, it will be revealed closer to its opening in early 2023.
Cloud 10 fans have a little over a week to make one last visit to the Shepherd store. Meanwhile, all Cloud 10 shops are offering $2 off to-go pints with the purchase of a scoop (limit one discount per pint). Diners also have the opportunity to order holiday ice cream pies through Wednesday, December 21.